Still Alive

Thought I had better post something to confirm that I am still alive and have not given up running (or blogging). Recently there has been a deluge of races as everything that was postponed over the last six months finally stopped being postponed, leading to comedy moments such as me opening my post and realising … Continue reading Still Alive

Aintree Half

My first half back could have gone better, to say the least. The problems started pretty much as soon as I arrived at the racecourse and discovered that there was no queue for the women's toilets because apparently the vast majority of the entrants were men (378 men and 101 women according to the results … Continue reading Aintree Half

Ouch

For the tenth (I think) time in the last year, I find myself horrified by the fact that I have a half marathon to run that looks like it isn't going to be cancelled. It's worth mentioning that every single one of those half marathons have been cancelled in the end, some with just days … Continue reading Ouch

Wave 2

Everything about the second wave of this pandemic seems very different from the first. In particular, the atmosphere at work has been very different. During the first wave, we only had a few people off sick with coronavirus, and plenty of people prepared to work overtime to cover for them. The public sent us sticky … Continue reading Wave 2

Velopark 5k

parkrun announced that they would return in England at the end of October, and of course almost immediately the coronavirus transmission rate went through the roof and an unannouncement swiftly followed. I'm very sad about this, but I do think it was the right decision - not because I think there is much danger associated … Continue reading Velopark 5k

Dock2Dock

One event that I had planned for 2020 that didn't get cancelled was Dock2Dock, the annual swimming race in my favourite swimming spot, Victoria Dock. The race has three options: 1.5k, 5k and 10k, and takes you all the way from the usual course under the Unreasonably High Footbridge, under Connaught Bridge into the next … Continue reading Dock2Dock

Return to Racing

As the coronavirus related restrictions have eased, it seems like most of the British population has fallen into two camps: Camp One are still vehemently refusing to leave the house for any reason. They do not think schools, pubs, gyms, hairdressers or events of any kind should be open until the virus is completely eradicated. … Continue reading Return to Racing

Positive

This weekend, the NHS started coronavirus antibody tests for all staff. These are the tests that tell you whether you have had coronavirus in the past (but not if you have it at the moment). Mine came back positive. It seems I must have been one of those "asymptomatic carriers" who apparently comprise approximately 30% … Continue reading Positive

Pymmes parkrun

Pymmes parkrun is the second closest to my flat and the third different parkrun that I attended (after Finsbury Park and Hackney Marshes).  Despite it's proximity I haven't been back since that solitary visit nearly three years ago and you might be forgiven for thinking that it was a horrible and unsuitable parkrun.  This is … Continue reading Pymmes parkrun

Womblestow

Boris has spoken and the only reasons people are allowed to leave their house are for groceries, medical/care needs, work and exercise.  Considering the first three are not a lot of fun (especially when the first leads to a scrap in the pasta aisle over the last pack of tagliatelle), it seems every fucker on … Continue reading Womblestow

Cancelvirus

It seems unbelievable that only a couple of weeks ago, I had no idea how the coronacrisis would escalate and change our lives.   My second-to-last entry was basically "is this really necessary?  Seems like overkill to me!" and I have to concede I was probably wrong there because a lot of people who know what … Continue reading Cancelvirus

1:59:40

In a great week for running, where Eliud Kipchoge ran the first ever sub 2 hour marathon distance, and Brigid Kosgei smashed the women's marathon record in Chicago, I am sorry to say that I have completely failed to make my own contribution.  Last Wednesday saw the first Olympic Park Chase The Moon of the … Continue reading 1:59:40

Trianoia

With just under three weeks to go until The Triathlon, I'm getting acquainted with Trianoia, the older brother of my old friend, Maranoia.  Maranoia, as you may recall, is a state of pre-marathon nervous exhaustion where you become convinced that you are ill, injured or otherwise about to suffer a marathon ruining calamity.  Trianoia is … Continue reading Trianoia

Fell Race

Somehow I managed to get myself talked into doing a Category A Fell race in Epping Forest.  Category A Fell Races are as dangerous as Category A prisoners and Category A drugs.   They must have at least 50m of climb per km (this one had more) and no more than 20% of the course on … Continue reading Fell Race

Weather

There has been a lot of weather this week, weather of the cold, wet, grey, wet, windy, wet, wet, wet variety.  This has not made me happy. On Wednesday I went down to the Docklands Watersports Centre for a bit of open water swimming.  This is the first time I've been completely on my own … Continue reading Weather

Malahide parkrun

Some of my friends are obsessed with The Cure in the same way that I am obsessed with parkrun.  They spend thousands of pounds visiting weird and wonderful locations, hours on Facebook discussing the peaks and pitfalls of various sets, and spend time outdoors getting sunburnt or soaked.  One friend, Gary, even keeps a spreadsheet … Continue reading Malahide parkrun

Clair parkrun

Clair - in Haywards Heath - is a parkrun that rarely seems to get much attention from parkrun tourists, perhaps it's because it's so close to Brighton that people think if they've gone all that way, they might as well go to the seaside.  Or perhaps it's because it has four and a half laps.  … Continue reading Clair parkrun

Watford 10k

Continuing the theme of bonkers runs in unglamorous locations, Monday found me taking a trip to the far end of the Metropolitan line for the Watford 10k.  This was Rosie's fault as she is vaguely local, and all her children were taking part in the 1k and 3k races (and getting ridiculously fast times - … Continue reading Watford 10k